Tagged: horizontal gene transfer

New gene transfer rules could help prevent spread of antibiotic resistance - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 04, 2018

Heather Hendrickson, Massey University Unlike other organisms, bacteria can take up genetic material from their environment. This ability to exchange genes enables them to pick up new traits such as different metabolic pathways, virulence genes and antibiotic resistance. Better understanding of the complex mechanisms of gene transfer may be the key for holding the line against the global … Read More

Monday Micro – extremophiles & 50 shades of … immunity! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 11, 2013

In last week’s Monday Micro I mentioned horizontal gene transfer (HGT), the process by which bacteria acquire new genes from other microbes in their environment. HGT is one of the primary ways that genes for antibiotic resistance are able to spread between different bacteria. It is also how plenty of bacteria pick up genes for things … Read More